By Kimberley CapehartMarch 18, 2019
Army Materiel Command's Commander Gen. Gus Perna attended Security Assistance Command's quarterly review Friday, where he discussed the status and initiatives overseen by USASAC's Maj. Gen. Jeff Drushal and his staff.
The meeting kicked off with Perna acknowledging the accomplishments of several employees. Debra Boyd and Dave Dallen from the CENTCOM Regional Operations Directorate; Kyle Crawford of the PACOM Regional Operations Directorate; and Christine Pinkard, of Resource Management, each received a coin for their exceptional work.
The meeting then turned to video teleconferencing to allow Col. Matthew Holbert, program manager for USASAC's subordinate organization, Ministry of the Interior-Military Assistance Group, to brief his updates from Saudi Arabia. Holbert briefed how MOI-MAG now fits under Saudi Arabia's new ministry concept of Presidency of State Security and Ministry of Interior and the associated princes.
Most importantly, Holbert addressed notable outputs for building partner capacity and strengthening the relationship with a strategic partner, which is USASAC's mission. He also broke down direct and indirect costs of the organization. Perna requested that the MOI-MAG updates be briefed quarterly and urged Holbert to "monitor contracting."
Drushal introduced the next briefing by emphasizing how important this "line of effort is to shaping the fight," he said. "Army, here's what we can do for you." Drushal then described how USASAC's G-3, or operations, was now a G-3/7, with the addition of the Security Assistance Training Integration division. The SATI's purpose, to establish and implement executable security assistance training policies and processes, will directly support the Army Campaign Plan's efforts toward alliances and partnerships by institutionalizing security cooperation resources and requirements, according to Drushal. The SATI will collaborate and synchronize with the Security Assistance Training Management Organization.
Col. Nicole Heumphreus, director of USASAC's Operations Directorate, stressed the importance of training integration for interoperability and operations with allies and partners in the geographic Combatant Commands' regions. She then detailed how the institutional process was being operationalized through functional alignments, Department of Defense form approvals and the security assistance enterprise's case development system. Heumphreus also cited the establishment of an integrated planning team to build and execute complex training cases across the enterprise.
Perna said he could see Drushal's enthusiasm for the effort and emphasized how important it was to establish the policies and processes quickly. He commended the efforts that had resulted in the changes being connected to the COCOMs and provided SATMO a clear way ahead.
As the Foreign Military Sales performance update began, Perna made reference to the importance of "seeing ourselves, even if we don't like what we see."
John Neil, director of the Performance and Process Management Office, began his update with good news about transitioning the Army Medical Materiel Agency's FMS overview into the enterprise's common operating picture. "Pretty impressive," was Perna's response.
Neil then walked through the methodologies being used for managing performance, and review and analysis of metrics for FMS.
"The AMC security assistance enterprise is leading the way across the Army and DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) to ensure FMS is not impacting U.S. Army readiness," Neil said. He then outlined eight Army readiness and FMS support initiatives that were developed to take concrete steps to review, identify and mitigate potential issues.
The quarterly update concluded with an Army/FMS cross-walk working group update that focused on comparing FMS demand to production, and FMS demand to the supply chain.
"Well done," was Perna's assessment of the update. He encouraged Drushal and the enterprise to continue to operationalize in preparation for the next quarterly brief.